Southern Virginia Struggles at Randolph

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University softball team could not end its current slide Thursday losing both games of its doubleheader at Randolph College 8-3 and 7-0.

GAME 1

Randolph gained an early lead in Game 1 scoring one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning with Southern Virginia junior Amanda Otto on the mound.

The Knights answered back in the top of the second with a run of their own as sophomore Lanie Thompson hit a two-out double to score Sara Harmon who had singled earlier in the inning.

The 1-1 tie did not last long, however, as Randolph poured in five runs in the bottom half of the second on five hits and three Southern Virginia errors. The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Knights had another costly three-error inning.

Trailing 8-1 in the top of the seventh, Southern Virginia's Rebecca Rayburn led of the inning with a walk followed by Thompson's second double of the game.

With no outs and two runners in scoring position, the Knights had the makings of a late comeback, but the rally fell short as Southern Virginia managed only two runs in the inning making the final 8-3.

Thompson finished 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

The loss moves Otto to 2-8 on the season.

GAME 2

Freshman McKenzy MacKay took the mound in Game 2, but received no run support as Southern Virginia was shutout by Randolph despite six hits in the game.

Randolph scored one run in the first, two in the second, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to reach the 7-0 final.

Freshman Harmon and senior Chloe Stephens-Trammel both went 2-for-3 from the plate in the loss. The duo leads Southern Virginia in season batting average, with Harmon currently hitting .271 and Stephens-Trammel hitting .265.

MacKay is now 2-11 on the year.

Women's softball is back in action tomorrow, Apr. 15 with a doubleheader at the University of Virginia's College at Wise beginning at 4 p.m.